Occasionally, when there’s nothing else on, I’ll watch ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ and there’s one thing about it that really bugs me.
That thing is how abortion is depicted.
Throughout the whole series, abortion is treated like this horrible act that people should be ashamed for even thinking about. One of the characters in the show did everything right; she was on birth control, her partner wore a condom, etc. It just so happened that some things went wrong; the condom broke and because she was on a new birth control pill, it wasn’t yet effective.
Things happened that were totally out of her control and she didn’t want a baby…so why shouldn’t it be okay for her to have an abortion?
Well, she was planning to but there was suddenly a shitstorm from all around her. Her friends, family, and partner were all adamantly against her having an abortion and they made her feel like a horrible person for wanting to do what she wanted to do. She is a teenager, extremely susceptible to social pressure, so of course she felt like she had to have the baby.
What pisses me off so much is that the whole show treats that like the opinion all people should have of abortion, not like the individual opinion of one person.
What the hell?!
Thousands of teenage girls are probably watching this show. Like it or not, a lot of people (especially young people) interpret television as a reflection of the real world so television shows have a responsibility to provide a balanced outlook on life, not propaganda. Yes, I realise that science fiction and fantasy shows do not reflect real life but they make it pretty clear that they don’t. Shows that don’t feature superpowers, robots, or anything else that cannot be found in modern civilisation, are automatically assumed to reflect real life.
People should just learn to get a grip and stop trying to control other people’s lives. If you don’t want an abortion, fine! We’re not making you have one. But let us make our own damn decisions about how we want to live our lives!